What’s in a name?

So in the last few weeks I have been asked more times then usual about my daughters’ names. They are not ones you hear often (at least where we live) and they are nice….flow well together. So since we haven’t done anything exciting and worth blogging about just sit back and enjoy a story. If you already know the stories then just scroll on by. :)

First I need to tell you that my husband’s name is a sentence. When translated it means “King of a town of Little Devils” ok that’s funny and magical.

We have an old fashioned last name straight out of England so we knew we wanted old fashioned names. As a teacher I knew they had to be names I didn’t hear often.

1. Veronica Elizabeth:

The meaning of the name Veronica: Bringing Victory
The meaning of the name Elizabeth: God Is My Oath

Veronica was my great grandma’s name and Elizabeth was my grandma’s name. As soon as I knew I was having a girl I knew Elizabeth was going to be in there. That was not an option. Veronica was one we called out of a book but when I looked at it I knew. I knew that it was perfect. We managed to keep it a secret until she was born. I kinda liked that we kept it secret, but I think it drove the grandparents a little crazy. :)

My FAVORITE photo!
My FAVORITE photo!

2. Danielle Marie:

The meaning of the name Danielle: God Is My Judge
The meaning of the name Marie: Of The Sea Or Bitter

I wish I could tell you there is a romantic story behind Danielle’s name, I truly do but my momma taught me not to lie. Marie was my grandma’s middle name, so in my heart my grandma is truly living on within my children.

Danielle on the other hand comes from a crush. See to help me relax while I was pregnant Hubster had me start watching Stargate SG1 and well I kinda fell in love. I loved the stories. I loved the characters. I loved the universe that was created.

I loved this man. He was kind. He was smart. He was caring. He was nerdy.

Dr. Daniel Jackson

On a whim I said “Why don’t we use the name Danielle after Dr. Jackson?” Well it stuck. He loved it and I loved it. So my Danielle came from my fan girl love! :)

D Marie
D Marie

3. Jillian Alexandria

The meaning of the name Jillian: Youthful
The meaning of the name Alexandria: City Of Alexander

When Danielle was 9 months old I started my teaching career. My first year teaching as I’m standing in front of the class calling attendance for the first time I read Jillian. In my mind I heard “that’s your daughter’s name”. I laughed it off because well it wasn’t and at that point we were done with two. So I went on with life.

Much like it happens when you let God be in control I had a perfectly timed not 100% planned pregnancy that I wouldn’t change. I found out it was a girl and I remember Jillian and that name. Well Hubster liked it but he didn’t love it. He was set on a Catherine, but in my heart I knew. So we went to the hospital with a plan. If she was born with red hair she was Jillian because it would fit…if she wasn’t well then she wasn’t.

On September 28, 2011 out came my little red headed freckle faced Jillian! The first thing Hubster said he saw was “She’s Jillian”! I knew all along she would be.

Alexandria came from books! Both hubster and I had been engrossed in any and all books involving Greek Mythology and I felt it was best to use that as her middle name. I wish it was shorter and lots of times I call her Jillian Grace (that was my choice but because of Veronica we couldn’t do that). However I feel she has a pretty strong name.

Cute and smart
Cute and smart

All baby name meanings were copied from www.babynames.com



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Inside Out Family Fun!

For the 3rd year in a row my family got together with friends and family and enjoyed a kids movie and dinner. Each year I am so very grateful for those that come out and join my daughters in this fun day. It’s always a movie for them but typically the adults enjoy the day more! The girls spend the week up to the Family Fun Day dancing around singing and counting the people that are going to be there with them.

This year’s movie was the newest Pixar on Inside Out. Short review- it’s about feelings having feelings.

They all fit!
They all fit!

While we waited in line we took a chance to enjoy the photo op!

#PeanutPals
#PeanutPals

Afterwards we walked to the nearby resturant and enjoyed them cooking at our table.

Yummy!
Yummy!

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I tried to be sneaky with my camera and came out with this one. She would have gone home with her if we would have let her!

Jillian loves her Aunt Amber!
Jillian loves her Aunt Amber!

Will we do it again next summer? You bet!! Next summer I think it’s going to be Finding Family Fun!



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Food with Freckles- What to do with those Blueberries you picked!

Well it’s blueberry season around here and that means a bunch of you are going berry picking and making memories! Here is our thoughts about a great way to use up all those blueberries as told by Freckles (Jillian).

Step 1= Get your Matka to take you without your big sisters so you get all the berries to yourself!

try to avoid the red ones!
try to avoid the red ones!

Step 2= Make sure to wear the proper clothing when cooking!

We are cookers now mommy!
We are cookers now mommy!

Step 3= Pancakes!!

When do the blueberries go in?
When do the blueberries go in?
Yummy!!
Yummy!!

Step 4= Mom we have more blueberries! Let’s make bread!

Putting in the ingredients
Putting in the ingredients

Step 5= Aren’t they pretty?

Is this enough?
Is this enough?

Step 6= Eat a few before you put them in.

Love them!
Love them!

Step 7= Enjoy!

These are going to go quick with the way they smell!
These are going to go quick with the way they smell!

We made Blueberry Banana Bread with Cinnamon Crunch Topping!! So incredibly good!



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Livin’ the Lake Life

There were no signs leading there, nothing pointing us in the correct direction but we had a goal and we were going to swim in a lake! That’s one thing about Texas you can always find a lake or a river to jump in and when the sun is shining in the summer you will want to jump in!

Jillian thinks we can't get there fast enough
Jillian thinks we can’t get there fast enough
Finally!
Finally!

Danielle would jump off of every surface I would let her! I had to be a protective mom and not let her climb the 20 foot diving board, but I’m sure when we go back with her daddy she’ll be jumping off that one too!!

Danielle loving it!
Danielle loving it!

Little sister won’t go off the diving board at the public pool but she’ll jump 1,000 times off the one into the lake!

Jillian checking out the diving board
Jillian checking out the diving board

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She did it!
She did it!

We played and played and played. We grilled hot dogs on an open flame and ate our fruit salad out of a sand bucket (it was clean). We managed to protect our freckles and not get a sun burn and have already scheduled at least 3 trips back!

Lake life is the BEST life!
Lake life is the BEST life!

Just chillaxin’ in the tube!

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See you next time!
See you next time!

I know some of these pictures are from far away…but First World Problems without a water proof camera. Also Veronica isn’t in any of these pictures because she’s gone to church camp for the week. We are missing our big sister so much!



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Watching her swim

When we walked into the pool we were seated in the same section as all the other Water Waddlers, it was the first day of swim lessons for Jillian. They called up the kids and paired them with their life guard for lessons and all of a sudden I was alone. Not like alone because my kid was gone….alone because all of the parents moved to the side of the pool where their kids were. It took me a little while to notice this and then I just thought about it.

I’m not that mom who is going to follow my kid every where. If I feel they are safe and in good hands then I’m going to let them venture off on their own. I’m going to let them explore and learn at their own pace.

There Jilly was laughing and talking to her life guard like they were best friends. Learning from her and in her own little world. She wasn’t even looking around for me she was her own independent self, taking on the world as she was comfortable.

So no I didn’t move to within 3 feet of my daughter while she had her first swim lesson, but when I watched her from afar I noticed that she was the only one in the deepest end of the pool. She was the only one who was in a lane swimming the length of the pool twice.

So proud of her!
So proud of her!



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Tale as old as time.

It was a magical night. The skies were clear and the music was familiar. We traveled to the city to listen to the Houston Symphony play all those favorite Disney songs.

We stopped at dinner and saw the return of the Olaf.

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Do you see them? They were there in all their royal finery when we walked into the gate, I think I was more excited then the girls. But really….OMG…..Aladdin and Ariel there in the flesh!

I was so teary eyed taking this picture!!
I was so teary eyed taking this picture!!

Jilly kept telling me “no you can’t take my picture” She would do everything to block my camera.

she couldn't even handle the picture taking mommy!
she couldn’t even handle the picture taking mommy!

That is until I put a princess gown on her! Every girl comes alive when they dress the part!

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We listened, we sang, we danced, I might have cried a teeny bit at hearing songs from my childhood come alive with the symphony and broadway singers. Even my big daughter cuddled up to me a few times when no one was looking. Jillian watched the screen and named ALL the movies as they came up. After the applause died down from the last verse of Let It Go the singers asked if we wanted an encore….you guys they sang Circle of Life!! Lion King! I told my daughters that if the frozen songs were for the kids this one was for the adults, from my childhood. Everyone loved it and has asked me to find the next time the symphony is performing, little did they know I already had 3 visits put on the calendar for the next year.

a rare selfie that includes the almost teenager one!
a rare selfie that includes the almost teenager one!

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I wish I wasn’t a rule follower, but then I could show you the AMAZING thing that happened in that crowd of THOUSANDS when they played the songs from Frozen. If you didn’t get goosebumps from that well you have no soul. But alas I don’t like to get in trouble so I didn’t make recordings of the performance.



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First adventure of the summer!!

The plan for the summer is to let each day happen (except a few that are already planned). I woke up thinking today was a pajama day you know t.v. and relaxing, maybe a book some Friends reruns on netflix.

But the day wanted something else, the day wanted an adventure!

So we ventured down some dusty roads to a hidden treasure. A rock shop! Who knew there was such an amazing place in our small town?

sooo many rocks
sooo many rocks
loved digging around in the pretty polished rocks.
loved digging around in the pretty polished rocks.
weighing her treasures
weighing her treasures

With dozens of different themed rooms and any type of rock you could think of this place had a story to tell. It was just about rocks, it was about history and science and even some jewelry.

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Of course exploring rocks made my little adventurers very hungry. We were near one of our favorite places to go so we stopped in for fried chicken, mashed potatoes and peach cobbler!

Yummy!!
Yummy!!

Since we have gotten home the girls have been playing with their rocks, counting them trying to look through them, arranging them in color patterns. I think I might have some rock hounds on my hands now.

So we kicked off summer with an unplanned local magical adventure! Welcome to summer 2015!



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Photo A Day Catch Up!

Yes I know it’s only a week long challenge…but really it’s end of year teacher right here so cut me some slack! :)

OK Day 4 is Starts with B and Day 5 is Looking Down….these are kinda the same thing.

Starts with B with be Besties from work! I work with some amazing people and I adore them so much.

Looking down would be looking down on my dining room table and seeing games and friends all around. I had a little (very little) party before the last day of school where we laughed and talked and drank and ate and played games. it was awesome!

#shesgonnakillmeforthis
#shesgonnakillmeforthis



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